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We'll post the latest scams here.

These examples may help you learn what an Inland Revenue scam looks like.

Tax refund scam

7 April 2022

Details that show this is a scam.

  • Not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • Includes a refund amount which we never do in email.
  • There's typos.
  • There's a hyperlinked button to supposedly log in to myIR. We'd ask you to log in to myIR at ird.govt.nz.
  • When hovering over the link it shows it does not go to our website.
Image showing why an email about a tax refund is a scam. It is not from an inland revenue email address, it includes a refund amount (which we do not do), it has typos, and asks you to log in to myIR using a link in the email (we do not do this).

Reminder scam

Details that show this is a scam:

  • it is not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • the logo is not visually correct
  • there is a link to supposedly update your contact details. We'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • hovering over the login link shows it does not go to our website
  • there is no sign off at the end of the message.
Image showing a reminder scam

New IRD notice scam

Details that show this is a scam:

  • It is not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • there's a hyperlink to supposedly view a message about your tax information. We'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • hovering over the hyperlink shows it does not go to our website.
images showing IRD scam

New letter from Inland Revenue scam

22 November 2021

Details that show this is a scam:

  • It is not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • There's a hyperlink to supposedly file your tax return. We'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • Hovering over the login link shows it does not go to our website.

Tax assessment refund scam

22 September 2021

Details that show this is a scam:

  • It is not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • It shows a refund amount. We do not include dollar amounts in our refund emails.
  • It contains spelling mistakes.
  • There's a hyperlink to supposedly confirm your tax refund. We'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • Hovering over the myIR login link shows it does not go to our website.
  • It says 'Copyright 2021 Inland Revenue' - we do not do this.
screen shot of scam email. Contains same details as listed above

Annual calculation scam

20 September 2021

Details that show this is a scam:

  • It is not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • The logo is not our Inland Revenue logo.
  • There's a hyperlink to supposedly log in to myIR. We'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • Hovering over the myIR login link shows it does not go to our website.

You are eligible to receive a Tax refund scam

13 September 2021

Details that show this is a scam: 

  • It is not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • It includes a refund amount, which we never do in an email.
  • It asks for your credit card details. We will never do this.
  • There's a link to supposedly log in to myIR. We'd ask you to log in through ird.govt.nz
  • It has a typo/misspelling.
  • It ends with © Inland Revenue and 'All rights reserved' which we do not do.

Haven't you got your refund yet scam - updated

24 August 2021

Details that show this is a scam: 

  • Not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • Includes a refund amount which we never do in an email
  • There's a hyperlink to supposedly log in to myIR. We’d ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • Hovering over the myIR login link shows it does not go to our website.

New letter from Inland Revenue scam

6 August 2021

Details that show this is a scam:

  • It is not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • Hovering over the myIR login link shows it does not go to our website.

Haven't you got your refund yet scam

21 July 2021

Details that show this is a scam:

  • Not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • Includes a refund amount which we never do in an email
  • There are typos
  • There's a hyperlinked button to supposedly log in to myIR. We'd ask you to log in to myIR via ird.govt.nz

Fraudulent activity scam

22 June 2021

Customers report receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be from Inland Revenue.

Details that show this is a scam:

  • The phone call uses threatening language.
  • The scammer pressures you to make a decision or do something quickly.
  • You may be asked to press 1 to be connected to someone. We don't offer this service.

Although the phone calls vary slightly each time, they typically follow this pattern:

You'll get an automated call from someone claiming to be from Inland Revenue. The scammer will tell you fraudulent activity has been detected in your account and a warrant has been issued for your arrest. You may be asked to press 1 to talk to a representative from Inland Revenue.

What to do if you receive a phone call

Hang up as soon as you realise it's a scam. Please let us know what happened by emailing us at:

[email protected]

Your quick action can help us protect our customers. Thank you.

Tax refund scam

18 March 2021

Details that show this is a scam:

  • Specific dollar amount or refund
  • The link points to non-Inland Revenue address
An example of the scam e-mail, with issues highlighted

Last updated: 22 Jul 2021
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